February 19, 2016
Sibu Tales : Cooking Pig Head
Get a whole pig head in the morning from your good butcher. He will clean with a torch flame for you. Take the pig head back and then blanch in a huge kuali of hot water.
Once done, cut the head into 6 smaller pieces and cook in a pot half filled with water, 5 cups of thick soy sauce, some black vinegar, 10 star anise seeds, 3 pieces of cinnamon (or more if you like), some pepper and 1 cup of sugar.
Simmer under the pork is soft which may take more than one hour depending on your pot and stove.
The sauce will be thick. Add more of your own favourite seasoning.
You can also add black mushrooms, black and white fungi. And even Chinese rice wine.
slice the pork into thin slices. Serve.
Eating of Pig Head means Getting Ahead.
(This is a very cheap dish to prepare especially if you have the time. It goes well with beer. Often it is considered a celebration dish, when some one gets a new job, or for Chinese New Year.)